Playoff hockey and championship squash brought out the best in Shawnigan athletes as they represented the school over the March break.
In hockey, the school's highlight came from the Midget Varsity team, which parlayed a perfect regular season (24-0) into a perfect finish. As the top seed heading into the playoffs, the Varsity squad earned decisive wins over Coeur D'Alene and IHA to earn a spot in the semifinals. The semifinal encounter didn't start well, with Shawnigan trailing EDGE 2-0 just five minutes in. However, the team climbed out of the hole to earn a 5-4 victory, beating Prairie Hockey Academy 4-0 later that day to earn the school's fourth CSSHL Midget Varsity title in five years.
Finishing just one point out of first place after a terrific regular season, Shawnigan's Midget Prep team opened the playoffs with a 3-2 over West Vancouver. However, the group then fell to Okanagan (3-1) and RINK (4-0) and was eliminated from the playoff picture.
After a 7th place finish in the regular season, Shawnigan's Girls Prep team played well in the post-season, suffering a 4-2 loss to Delta, earning a 2-1 win over Northern Alberta, and falling 3-2 to Okanagan in a shootout.
Playing in the consolation bracket of the Bantam Prep division, Shawnigan's bantam group finished a character-building season with four losses.
Shawnigan's squash program sent two athletes to the BC U-19 Closed Championship in Nanaimo early in the break.
Mitchell K. enjoyed an outstanding week, winning the boys U-19 event. In girls competition, Anika K. finished fourth in the U-19 bracket.
With the eyes of the rugby world on Vancouver, Shawnigan was happy to continue building a partnership with Rugby Canada, with the school enjoying a private box for the Vancouver Sevens while raising money for financial aid.
As part of the festival, some of Canada's top young rugby players joined national and provincial elite teams for competition on the field at BC Place.
Emily F. played on the Canada U-18 development squad that won the Girls U-18 Elite Division. Canada's victory came over Sammy L. and Gracie M., who both played for team BC. In boys play, Ciaran B. and Brenner K. both contributed to a first-place performance from Team BC.
Some of Shawnigan's top female players are continuing their development on the national stage this week, with Gracie M., Chloe S., Sammi L, and Mikayla B. all taking part in a Canada U-18 women's sevens camp taking place at Shawnigan.
After an unusually cold February where the rowing team was limited to very few water training sessions, 25 rowers delayed their March Break by a week so that they could get some valuable on-water training before the start of term three.
Although the first few days were still cold and ice was still covering parts of the lake, by mid-week, temperatures were up and crews were finally able to row the 7 km down to the south end of the lake and the 7 km back to the crewhouse.